More drama in 1500 field as Uceny gets set for Monday’s preliminaries

LONDON — Plymouth native Morgan Uceny will compete in the women’s 1500-meter preliminaries at the 2012 Olympics in London Monday.
The 2003 PHS grad earned a spot on Team U.S.A after winning the championship at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. July 1 in 4:04.59. Uceny is currently ranked No. 3 in the world in the 1500. Her toughest competitor, Morocco’s Mariem Alaoui Selsouli, was kicked out of the Olympics for a failed drug test in July and recently more drama has kicked up in the event as the Swedish government has filed suit against Abeba Aregawi of Ethiopia, who has been picked to finish ahead of Uceny in second at the Olympics.
Aregawi filed for Swedish citizenship in 2009, and after witnessing Aregawi’s success in the Diamond League last year — which Uceny won — Sweden reviewed her application and granted her citizenship. They are now contending that she is a Swedish citizen and should not be allowed to compete for Ethiopia.
The women’s 1500 will be decided over three days of racing next week. Listed below is a schedule for the event, which will be televised on NBC:

Monday, Aug. 6
Prelims, 1st heat 6:45 a.m.
Prelims, 2nd heat 6:56 a.m.
Prelims, 3rd heat 7:07 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Semifinal 1 2:45 p.m.
Semifinal 2 2:56 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 10
Finals 3:55 p.m.